"If you’re not getting help, you must not be suffering." The problem is, getting help takes a kind of motivation that depression takes away from you. Or depression convinces you that you don’t need or deserve help. Or you lack the energy to do it because of depression. Whatever the reason, having depression is in itself a huge impediment towards getting help, and I believe this needs to be expressed.
To add another scenario to the list - in order for me to even get on waiting lists for certain treatments (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for example) I was told I would have to do “work related activities”, which is like telling a person with a broken wrist to punch a concrete wall as hard as they can 100,000 times before you will even consider treating them.
I’ve never really been a comic book/graphic novel guy, not because I don’t like them, I just never read them for whatever reason. I’ve recently rediscovered my love for Batman after it being tainted somewhat by Nolan’s boring films (Ledger was great). What really reignited it was the animated versions of “Batman: Year One” and “The Dark Knight Returns”. On the back of that I decided to try the above as maybe a starting point into the medium and I’m glad I did. No better place to start than the origin of the Joker.